Any experienced cross-breeders in here? :)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Clov3r, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Clov3r

    Clov3r Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an Easter Egger rooster. I was curious if there's any particular outcome I can expect when breeding him to my purebred hens. I ended up with 2 oddball/mixed roosters because I did some people some favors (heh), but we're slowly establishing a mini farm (2 acres: rabbits, chickens, goats, produce, and honey), so the plan is to sell excess eggs and/or chickens at market.


    So, he's an EE.
    I'm curious to know what I'd have if I crossed the EE with:

    Buff Orpington Hens
    Plymouth Barred Rock Hens
    Silver Laced Wyandotte Hens
    Red Sex Link Hens (I know they're already a cross--- I have two accidental sex links that were mixed into my buff orps when I got them).

    Any reliable outcomes? Links?

    Thanks y'all! I love this website...
     
  2. puffypoo22

    puffypoo22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not a breeder (no roosters :,c), but I think I could help. [​IMG]
    What color is your EE? Does he have a beard? Since they are mixed then I have no idea of his appearance.
     
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  3. Clov3r

    Clov3r Out Of The Brooder

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    This is him. (There are going to photos of Logan all over these forums by the time I'm finished here...). Haha.

    He came from a group of farm-laid-classroom-hatched EE's that I bought from a coworker when they were a few days old. They were gifts for my parents (a neighbor dog destroyed their flock), but Logan had a grudge against my toddler nephew, so they couldn't keep him on their property anymore.


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  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no predictable color outcome featherwise or egg.
     
  5. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Actually there is one outcome you can be certain of - any chicks out of that rooster and your barred rock hens will be black sex links. Females will not be barred and males will. Males will hatch with a white head spot and females will not have one.
     
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  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    With the barred Rock hens, he will produce black sexlinks. With the Silver Laced Wyandottes, he would produce non-typical red sexlinks, may not be sexable at hatch, but as they feather in it will be pretty obvious. The Buff Orpingtons and Red Sexlinks will produce similar buff/gold/red chicks. If he ends up being pure for the blue eggshell gene, then all his female chicks should lay blue/green eggs.
     
  7. Clov3r

    Clov3r Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't suppose there's any way to know eggshell gene? Wait and see what I get? :p
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep. If all his female chicks lay blue/green then he is pure for the blue eggshell gene. If only about half lay blue/green, then he only has one gene.
     

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